Dec 23, 2012 10:30am EST
on either ticket. although there wasn't a lot of god talk from president obama or mitt romney, grassroots religious groups were active on both sides. evangelical voters were divided during the primary season, but in the end, they rallied around romney, despite some concerns about voting for a mormon candidate. still, their support didn't put him over the top. obama narrowly won the catholic vote, thanks to a strong showing among latino catholics. the u.s. catholic bishops waged an active campaign against the obama administration's decision to require employers, including many faith-based employers, to provide free coverage of contraceptive services. the bishops said that would be a violation of religious freedom. the administration tried to offer a compromise, but the bishops, joined by many evangelical groups, said the compromise didn't go far enough. several religious institutions filed legal challenges to the policy. this summer, the bishops organized what they called a "fortnight for freedom" to highlight their concerns. faith-based groups continued to be divided over economic issues.
Dec 30, 2012 10:00am PST
. one of the big events of the new year will be the inauguration of barack obama to a second term, so we asked a wide variety of religion leaders what they hope for during the president's next term. >> if president obama would revert back to the, that young, powerful, firey spokesperson in the 2004 democratic national convention who talked about reconciling the blue and the red state, about the god of the blue state and the god of the red state that i believe that he has a chance to really emerge as a transformative catalytic president reconciling our nation. we are more polarized today than ever before. >> i'm hoping that he would be able to work, well that congress would be able to work with him to come up with a real budget that's going to help the least ofthese and because whenou help those who are in the most vulnerable situation, you end up helping the whole country. >> foreign aid is 1% of the budget and we talk about cutting that and that's a frightening thought. while some of us are eating at banquets while people are starving outside our door. that's not right. >> to pass a com
Dec 16, 2012 10:00am PST
by congress, even those it doesn't like. but after the new york court's decision, president obama said his justice department would no longer defend doma in court: >> "doma, the defense of marriage act, is unconstitutional, and so we've said we cannot defend the federal government poking its nose into what states are doing and putting the thumb on the scale against same-sex couples"" >> those who had fought for passage of the defense of marriage act were understandably dismayed. >> "this is about what our children are going to be taught in elementary school. it is about stepping in between a parent and their child and imposing a new morality, or absence thereof, upon our children." >> republican leaders in the house said they would defend the law themselves: >> "i raised my hand to uphold and defend the constitution of the united states and the laws of our country, and if the justice department was not going to defend this act passed by congress, ll, then we will." >> whether the house has the legal right to defend the law in the supreme court is unclear. a similar question arises with pro
Dec 9, 2012 10:00am PST
publicly endorsed mitt romney. he is scathing about president obama as he indicated when i asked him whether he thinks republicans and democrats can find a compromise to avoid going over the fiscal cliff. >> it's there, but the president has to want it. i don't think he wants it. i don't think the democratic leadership wants it. i think they've come to the conclusion that it's to their political advantage to let us go over the cliff. >> you really think that the president of the united states wants to do damage to the country? >> no, i don't think he thinks it will. i think he's wrong, but i don't think he thinks it will. for all of his brilliance, this man has nev mastered economics 101. >> before we finished i wanted to ask land about christian evangelis? >> do they have an obligation to try to evangelislize muslims. >> just like jews and mormons and anyone outside the faith. mormonism is at the very least another religion. it's not the christian faith. >> what do you say to a muslim or a jew or anybody else who says, well, christianity is okay for you. that's fine. but for you to